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Affect vs effect

These words in some cases can have similar meaning, however, they are very often used incorrectly.

Affect is a verb; it means 'to have an influence on or effect a change in', e.g. Your answer will not affect my decision'.

Effect may be used as a noun, as well as a verb. As a verb it is used rather in formal speech and means 'to bring into existence', e.g. He tried to effect a reconciliation between his parents. As a noun it is used with the meaning of 'result, influence', e.g. He has recovered from the effects of his illness.

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